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Debating Net Neutrality
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Debating Net Neutrality

Advocates seek to protect users from potential business practices, but defenders of the status quo say that concerns are overblown.

Managing Data
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Managing Data

Dealing with terabytes of data is not the monumental task it once was. The difficult part is presenting enormous amounts of information in ways that are most useful...

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Netflix Awards $1 Million Prize and Starts a New Contest

Netflix, the movie rental company, has decided its million-dollar-prize competition was such a good investment that it is planning another one.  The company’srecommendation...

Eu Funding 'orwellian' AI Plan to Monitor Public For 'abnormal Behavior'
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Eu Funding 'orwellian' AI Plan to Monitor Public For 'abnormal Behavior'

The European Union-funded Project Indect is developing software that monitors and processes information collected from Web sites, discussion forums, file servers...

From ACM TechNews

City 2.0: It Will Make Cities More Engaging and Energy-Efficient

Cities will be transformed by WiMax, smart grids, social networks, and other emerging technologies, once they are cohesively integrated. WiMax is seen as a critical...

From ACM TechNews

Hamburg Internet Technologists Propose Roadmap For Future Internet Design

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences computer scientists led by professor Thomas Schmidt have received a three-year grant for the Hybrid Adaptive Mobile Multicast...

Software and the Smartphone Will Map Research Across the World
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Software and the Smartphone Will Map Research Across the World

Research from Imperial College London scientists indicates that new smartphone software will help epidemiologists and ecologists in the field analyze data remotely...

Researchers Could Save Thousands ­sing Xbox's Parallel Processing Capabilities
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Researchers Could Save Thousands ­sing Xbox's Parallel Processing Capabilities

University of Warwick researcher Simon Scarle has demonstrated that an Xbox 360 chip could replace parallel processing hardware for a fraction of the cost. Scarle's...

Google Acquires Recaptcha
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Google Acquires Recaptcha

ReCAPTCHA Inc., a spin-off of Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Department, has been acquired by Google Inc. The Pittsburgh company developed online...

Nsf Supported 'cake' Takes It to the Next Level
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Nsf Supported 'cake' Takes It to the Next Level

Florida Atlantic University's College of Engineering and Computer Science has received a five-year grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to create a...

From ACM TechNews

How Emerging Wireless Techs Are Transforming Healthcare

Heath care technology researchers are taking advantage of faster wireless networks and developing new "telehealth" sensors and devices as part of a booming new...

Computers Go to Rehab, Then Back to Work
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Computers Go to Rehab, Then Back to Work

Temple University's Computer Recycling Center has recycled and rehabbed more than 27,000 computers, monitors, printers and scanners since its inception in 2003....

Gestures Set to Shake ­p Mobile ­ser Interfaces
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Gestures Set to Shake ­p Mobile ­ser Interfaces

Mobile interface expert Christian Lindholm believes that mobile phones will be transformed in the next few years due to advances in fold-out screens, gesture controls...

Chinese Schools Quietly Discard Controversial Web Filter
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Chinese Schools Quietly Discard Controversial Web Filter

Schools in Beijing are quietly removing the Green Dam filter, which was required for all school computers in July, due to complaints over problems with the software...

From ACM TechNews

Hewlett-Packard Funds Purdue Work to Develop New Teaching Model

Purdue University has received a Hewlett-Packard grant to develop and test a new teaching approach designed to improve the academic success of underrepresented...

Can Video Game Testing Spark Interest in Computing Among Black Youth?
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Can Video Game Testing Spark Interest in Computing Among Black Youth?

Betsy DiSalvo with Georgia Tech's College of Computing is betting that young African American males' interest in video games can be tapped to generate a greater...

Nsf Grant Supports Distributed Mobile Apps Management
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Nsf Grant Supports Distributed Mobile Apps Management

Williams College will conduct research into managing distributed applications on mobile computing platforms that make use of cell phones, vehicles, and embedded...

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Smart Sensors Power Interaction

More than 70 demonstrations of interactive technologies that use sensors for a wide range of applications were showcased at the Human Computer Interaction conference's...

Mobile Phones Are Key to Learning of the Future
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Mobile Phones Are Key to Learning of the Future

In a speech entitled "Learning in a Technology Enhanced World," Open University of the Netherlands professor Marcus Specht will argue that mobile phones are one...

Internet Addiction Center Opens In ­.s.
From ACM News

Internet Addiction Center Opens In ­.s.

Ben Alexander spent nearly every waking minute playing the video game "World of Warcraft." As a result, he flunked out of the University of Iowa.Alexander, 19,...
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